Little Cheyne Court Wind Farm Community Fund started in 2009 and is a joint venture between Kent Community Foundation and Sussex Community Foundation. Since then, the Fund has given out £222,000 to around 50 small Sussex charities and community groups who operate within ten miles of the wind farm which lies seven miles west of Lydd on Romney Marsh. The fund will last for the life of the wind farm (around 20 years) which means a total investment of over £1.2 million into local activities and projects in communities surrounding the site. As well as providing the fund, Innogy Renewables UK Limited covers all administration costs.
Grants of between £500 and £5,000 support environmental, educational, community and charitable activities and decisions about grant applications are made by a panel of local community members. A broad range of groups from scouts groups, Age Concern, Friends of Rye Wurlitzer, cricket clubs, Rye Bay FC, playgroups and the bowls club have been funded.
For the first two years the fund was restricted to applications within approximately 7 kilometres of Little Cheyne Court. In November 2010, this area of benefit was increased to encompass a 10 kilometre radius of the wind farm. In addition to the annual fund, an environmental grant scheme was held during the construction period funded by legal costs awarded following a public enquiry.
Click here to download a list of all the grants given in Sussex to April 2016.
To read more about the Hastings & Rother Credit Union – one of the groups funded by the Little Cheyne Court Wind Farm Fund, click here.